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1991 European Cup Final

1991 European Cup Final
Event 1990–91 European Cup
Red Star Belgrade won 5–3 on penalties
Date 29 May 1991
Venue Stadio San Nicola, Bari
Referee Tullio Lanese (Italy)
Attendance 51,587

The 1991 European Cup Final was a football match held at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari, Italy, on 29 May 1991, that saw Red Star Belgrade of Yugoslavia[a] defeat Marseille of France in a penalty shoot-out. After normal time and extra time could not separate the two sides, the match was to be decided on penalty kicks. Manuel Amoros's miss for the French side proved crucial, as Red Star held their nerve to win their first European Cup.

Route to the final

For more details on this topic, see 1990–91 European Cup.
23x15px Red Star Belgrade Round 23x15px Marseille
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
23x16px Grasshopper 5–2 1–1 (H) 4–1 (A) First round 23x15px Dinamo Tirana 5–1 5–1 (H) 0–0 (A)
23x15px Rangers 4–1 3–0 (H) 1–1 (A) Second round 23x15px Lech Poznań 8–4 2–3 (A) 6–1 (H)
23x15px Dynamo Dresden 6–0 3–0 (H) 3–0 (A) Quarter-finals 23x15px Milan 4–1 1–1 (A) 3–0 (H)
23x15px Bayern Munich 4–3 2–1 (A) 2–2 (H) Semi-finals 23x15px Spartak Moscow 5–2 3–1 (A) 2–1 (H)

Lead-up to the match

Red Star arrived to Italy unusually early, on Thursday, 23 May 1991, six full days ahead of the final. The team set up base in the town of Monopoli, Script error: No such module "convert". south-east of Bari. There they stayed in Il Melograno Hotel and trained at the facilities of A.C. Monopoli.[3] Due to a lot of interest from richer European clubs already being raised for the future services of young Red Star players, the club management tried to ensure its footballers are fully focused on the task at hand. The players were placed in semi-quarantine immediately upon arrival to Italy, which meant being separated from wives and girlfriends without ability to receive incoming phone calls in hotel rooms, though able to make outgoing calls.[4]

Over the coming days, the club also organized for a large entourage consisting of former players & coaches, friends of the club, etc. to arrive in Bari in order to watch Red Star in its very first European Cup final. Therefore, club legends Rajko Mitić and Dragoslav Šekularac, notable former players Srđan Mrkušić, Stanislav Karasi, club's former coach Miša Pavić along with Serbian celebrities and public personalities such as Ljuba Tadić, Ivan Bekjarev, Bora Đorđević, etc. made their way to Italy.[5]



GK 1 23x15px Stevan Stojanović (c)
CM 2 23x15px Vladimir Jugović
CB 3 23x15px Slobodan Marović Booked 61'
RB 4 23x15px Refik Šabanadžović
SW 5 23x15px Miodrag Belodedici
LB 6 23x15px Ilija Najdoski
CM 7 23x15px Robert Prosinečki
LM 8 23x15px Siniša Mihajlović Booked 40'
CF 9 23x15px Darko Pančev
AM 10 23x15px Dejan Savićević Substituted off 84'
RM 11 23x15px Dragiša Binić Booked 26'
GK 12 23x15px Milić Jovanović
DF 13 23x15px Ivica Momčilović
DF 14 23x15px Rade Tošić
MF 15 23x15px Vlada Stošić Substituted in 84'
FW 16 23x15px Vladan Lukić
23x15px Ljupko Petrović
GK 1 23x15px Pascal Olmeta
RM 2 23x15px Manuel Amoros
LM 3 23x15px Éric Di Meco Substituted off 112'
CB 4 23x15px Basile Boli Booked 28'
CB 5 23x15px Carlos Mozer
CM 6 23x15px Bruno Germain
CB 7 23x15px Bernard Casoni
RF 8 23x15px Chris Waddle
CF 9 23x15px Jean-Pierre Papin (c)
LF 10 23x15px Abedi Pelé
CM 11 23x15px Laurent Fournier Substituted off 75'
GK 16 23x15px Alain Casanova
DF 15 23x15px Éric Mura
MF 12 23x15px Dragan Stojković Substituted in 112'
MF 13 23x15px Philippe Vercruysse Substituted in 75'
MF 14 23x15px Jean Tigana
23x15px Raymond Goethals

Assistant referees:
23x15px Castello Buonocore (Italy)
23x15px Roberto Calabassi (Italy)
Fourth official:
23x15px Pierluigi Magni (Italy)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.


Over twenty years later in 2011, talking to a French football magazine about the famous win in Bari, Siniša Mihajlović said:

See also


  1. ^ UEFA conventionally refers to Red Star Belgrade by the club's Serbian-language name, Crvena Zvezda. Since the breakup of SFR Yugoslavia, the club competes under the auspices of its successor Serbian Football Association.[1][2]


  1. ^ "1990/91: Crvena Zvezda spot on". Archive: UEFA Champions League. UEFA. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Member associations: Serbia: Honours". UEFA. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Red Star in Bari
  4. ^ Red Star in Bari
  5. ^ Red Star in Bari
  6. ^ Mihajlović: Finale u Bariju najdosadnije u istoriji;, 12 September 2011

External links

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